• Designed by Renzo Piano, the Academy rises organically from beautiful Golden Gate Park.
    The Academy building, designed by Renzo Piano, emerges gracefully from beautiful Golden Gate Park.
  • A man marvels at the giant arapaima fish from below in the Amazon Flooded Forest tunnel
    Marvel at giant fish swimming overhead in our Flooded Forest tunnel.
  • African penguins frolic in their habitat
    Delight in our African penguins as they waddle, frolic, and flirt.
  • Get transported to a galaxy far, far away in our 75-foot planetarium.
    Get transported to a galaxy far, far away in our 75-foot planetarium.
  • T. Rex greets guests in our light-filled lobby.
    T. Rex greets guests in our light-filled lobby.

An exciting—and affordable—way for your family to join ours. Become a Community Value member today!

At just $179 per year, Community Value membership is a smart choice for families with flexible schedules.

Two named adults and their children (or grandchildren) can enjoy everything the Academy has to offer every day except Saturdays, holidays, and peak periods, including the month of July. That's 220+ days of free visits per year!

Prefer paying monthly? Choose our convenient installment plan option for $79 down and less than $10 a month.

Check out our Community Value access calendar to see all the dates the Academy is yours to explore.

Incredible Benefits

A family gleefully interacts with a diver during a live dive show in the Philippine Coral Reef tank.

A Community Value membership provides two named adults and their children or grandchildren (17 and under) the following benefits:

Free entry 220+ days a year
Present your personalized membership card along with photo ID at our members-only entrance for easy access to an aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest, and more.

Weekly members-only hours
Every Sunday (10 – 11 am) and Tuesday (8:30 – 9:30 am), enjoy the calm before the crowds as the Academy opens exclusively for members.

Invitations to exclusive events and programs
From special planetarium passes and penguin feedings to exhibit previews and member talks and programs, membership makes science second nature.

Discounts on shopping and dining
Save 20% on VIP Tours, NightLife (21+), and lectures, and 10% or more on Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers, shopping, and dining.


Green Means Go!

Graphic of a green and blue calendar

A Community Value membership is a little different than other memberships—which translates to a lot of savings. 

Visit for free Sunday through Friday
Come for an hour or stay for the day, six days a week! (Prefer visiting on Saturdays? Check out our other membership levels.)

220+ "Green Days" per year
Green dates on the access calendar mean the Academy is open for Community Value members. Be sure to plan ahead: Blackout dates include Saturdays, holidays, and the month of July.


Frequently Asked Questions

A girl gazes up in wonder at a giant Arapaima in the Academy's Flooded Forest tunnel exhibit

Have a question that's not answered below? Check out our Membership FAQ page. You can also email, chat, or call us at (800) 794-7576 anytime.

What happens if I want to visit the museum on a blackout date?
You are welcome to upgrade to a higher-level membership and gain access to the museum any day of the year. 

What is the difference between a Community Value membership and a Family membership?
While both memberships grant benefits to two named adults and their children or grandchildren, they differ in price and access: a Community Value membership ($179 a year) includes 220+ annual days of museum access, while Family membership ($279) includes 365 days.

Can I purchase a Community Value membership on a blackout date?
You are welcome to purchase your membership on a blackout day either in full, on a payment plan, or by applying your already-purchased tickets to the full membership price. However, you will need to begin using the membership on a non-blackout day.